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as they rode up to us: 'Hie, hie, hie, hie, hie*—
meaning that they were extremely glad to see us.
They led us to the ground that had been set aside
for our camp; and when we arrived there and
turned our ponies loose, we boys quickly deserted
our parents and lost ourselves among the frolick-
ing pageant of children who swarmed the big
camp like birds on a berry-bush.

We asked the Siksikau boys if their tribe had
had any fights since we saw them, and they said,
*Yes, one/ And they asked us if we had had any;
and we told them about the Crow fight and how
our fathers had allowed us to go right up to the
camp with them; and also how they had told us to
come along with them in the buffalo hunt. And
these Siksikau boys said that their chief would not
allow them to do anything like that. They were
very envious of us5 and some of them said that they
were going to run away with us when we left.
They said that there were some white people
coming into their country now, and these people
were ruled by a woman chief, whom they called
the 'Great White Mother5—and these people
under the 'woman chief had persuaded the
Indians not to fight any more. Their head
chief thought this was good for the Indians,
said the boys; but their braves did not like it.

They asked us to tell them about the Crow
fight.    When we had finished our story, they